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She had on her Sunday best, as everyone else did. In her pretty, embroidered dress, done hair and cat-eye glasses, Kathleen Johnson was stretching to see the speakers on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and to snap a better photo of the crowds when -- splash! -- in she went. "It was the most embarrassing thing that could've happened to me," Johnson said, describing the day she lost her balance and fell into the National Mall's reflecting pool.
PIERRE -- A governor's aide said Wednesday the new State Veterans Home that the Daugaard administration plans to build at Hot Springs has a new design that should save about $10 million. That will bring construction costs back within the $41.3 million the Legislature approved last winter. The numbers of beds -- 52 for skilled nursing care and 48 for residential living -- aren't changing. But they will be grouped by floor, with skilled nursing on the main level and residential on the second story.
DEAR DR. ROACH: My youngest daughter gave birth this past Friday to a baby girl. She was supposed to leave the hospital today, but her blood pressure is very high and they say she has postpartum pre-eclampsia. I'm very worried. They are keeping her in the hospital for another day. The baby is fine, but I'm concerned about my daughter. What do you think about it? -- R.H.
Dear Heloise: One of the things I often see on the street is a mattress that has fallen off somebody's vehicle. People do not realize that a gust of wind or the wind they create by driving can cause the mattress to flip up and fall off. I have seen two mattresses on the street within the past week. Anybody who moves a mattress needs to loop a strong rope through the loops on the sides and across the mattress in at least two or three places. Crisscross the ropes across the mattress as well. -- William K. in Houston
WASHINGTON — Donald Cash was just a teenager in 1963 when he finished his shift at a downtown clothing store in Washington and joined the throngs marching toward the National Mall. He never got close enough to hear the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speak, but always considered himself a beneficiary of the march as one of the first African-Americans hired to cut meat at a Giant supermarket.
Wood is strong, abundant, and cheap. But when it comes to the hot prospect of turning trees and agricultural waste into an energy source for cars and trucks, wood gets in the way. Now, scientists say they've found a possible solution to this difficulty, one that could dramatically reduce the cost of tomorrow's fuels.
PIERRE -- Frustration filled the room at a legislative meeting Wednesday over what's become a three-year deadlock between the state Department of Social Services and a major technology company hired to create a new Medicaid management information system for processing claims. CNSI received the contract in 2008 but halted work in 2010 as the two sides went to state court against each other on the far-from-finished project. Federal authorities, who are responsible for 90 percent of the project's costs, made the company and South Dakota use a mediator instead.
CHICAGO -- State legislatures trying to curtail abortions have suffered a 0-for-8 losing streak after court challenges to their new laws this year. The laws, all but one signed by Republican governors, drew on ideas from a playbook created by an anti-abortion group. Democrats plan to use the attempted curbs to boost 2014 congressional fundraising and increase voter support, calling the laws part of a "War on Women."
The following divorces were granted in Davison County between July 23 and Aug. 20. • Christopher Hart, Mitchell; Teresa Hart, Mitchell. • Mark A. Dean, Mitchell; Marcia K. Dean, Sioux Falls. • Michelle Dee Mogck, Mitchell; Ryan John Mogck, Mitchell. • Byron Martin, Mitchell; Brenda Sue Hoffman, fka Brenda Martin, Mitchell. • Richard Milo Rang, Mitchell; Anne E. Rang, Mitchell. • Tina Marie Steffen, Monroe, Wash.; Donald Serjeant, Mitchell.
The following marriage licenses were issued in Davison County between July 20 and Aug. 20. • Lance Nolz, 23, Rapid City; Ashley Jarabek, 22, Rapid City. • Shawn Styles, 39, Mitchell; Lacy Klein, 34, Mitchell • Brandon Wegehaupt, 28, Mitchell; Meghan Spelbring, 28, Mitchell. • Joseph Haiar, 46, Mitchell; Kimberly Haiar, 46, Mitchell. • Thomas Hawk, 27, Mitchell; Patricia Stewardson, 24, Mitchell. • Clinton Deffenbaugh, 32, Dolton; Dana Miller, 30, Canistota. • Tyrone Wilson, 26, Mitchell; Maria Gaspar, 28, Mitchell.